A plunge has been taken! We have set up an account with Free Spirit Fabrics to bring a new variety of fabrics!
First up is Amy Reber! She is a multifaceted surface and textile designer from the Pacific Northwest who has a fervor for drawing, rich colors, pattern, and design. Remarkably, she is self-taught and has spent several years evolving and perfecting her bold, authentic illustrations and designs. As a military spouse and stay-at-home mom to three young children, her journey to becoming an award-winning artist and surface designer has been filled with many valuable insights and experiences that are beyond measure. With her quintessential and prolific design style, she is dedicated to producing fresh, modern, yet timeless designs. Amy is elated that she has found such fulfillment and joy in surface design and has a heartfelt desire to inspire and share this joy with others through her work.
Her first collection with Free Spirit is Posy. Beauty is all around us, yet art comes from within which Amy Reber exemplifies in her fresh, modern, and bold designs. As a self-taught artist and collage lover, Amy looks to the world around her for inspiration using a pen and paper to capture her initial artistic vision. For Amy, her goal is to create a personal connection through her art with the quilter who relies on design and color. The fresh, modern, and bold designs of Posy bring together simple shapes, not to be underestimated. Amy’s art is very therapeutic and soothing to her, which is evident in every pen stroke, color palette, and design. Amy wants Posy to provide that perfect sense of achievement and peaceful creation for the passionate quilter, as the red, green and pink florals blend with the near solids and subtle graphic undertones—a passionate outcome whether drawing art or sewing together designs, colors, fabrics, and thread.
I know we don’t have the full line, but if you would like to be inspired by a quilt in these fabrics, take a look at Blossom, directly from Free Spirit:
Or be inspired by this one from Stacey in Stitches
Because you can never have too many neutrals (using that term loosely!), we brought in 3 bolts from Tim Holtz‘s.
Tim plays an integral part in the development and design of cutting-edge paper crafting products and has teamed up with various key companies like Coats, Ranger, Advantus, Stampers, Anonymous, Sizzix, Tonic Studios, and Core’dinations to bring unique products that work hand-in-hand with Ranger’s extensive lines. As a well-known designer, Tim travels across the country and internationally to educate and introduce people to his world of ink techniques, project ideas, and so much more. His books A Compendium of Curiosities Vol.1 and Vol.2 are filled with creative and inspiring ideas for paper crafters and beyond. He truly lives by his motto: “In a world where the moments of our lives can be captured and created in art of the everyday, it’s important it reflects our own unique personality. Finding just the right objects, accents, and tools to use are most important. Whatever your artistic vision is, exploring the imaginative is a chance for our creativity to escape understanding. Remember life isn’t about finding yourself – life is about creating yourself.”
We do stock a couple of his Idea-ology mixed media items too!
More blenders, neutrals or low volume, depending on the project. Shell Rummel has wonderful designs! These are from her newest collection, Quiet Moments
Designer Shell Rummel has been a successful and established presence in the fine art, wedding and stationery markets for nearly 20 years. Passionate about designing beautiful products that honor her distinctive design aesthetic, Shell’s focus is on building the Shell Rummel brand’s presence within home decor markets which includes working with world class licensing partners in bedding, bath textiles, rugs, tabletop, and accessories. The hallmarks of the brand are tranquil, sophisticated and gracefully fluid art and design, unified by her signature painterly style. Watercolors are the preferred medium for this award-winning artist, and the unpredictability of painting with water often results in surprising variations and subtle imperfections, which make Shell’s patterns so beautifully unique. There is an inherently organic, natural quality as well as a softly refined feel to Shell’s designs. Her livable collections are both comfortable and contemporary at the same time. Shell’s work is a direct reflection of what catches her eye and she strives to honor the lines, layers, textures and colors of all that inspires her. Says Shell, “ My artistic creation involves engaging all the sense and my fine art and design are the purest essence of me. I strive for the artist’s hand to be felt in all I create.”
Coming soon (Shipping in August)
Denyse Schmidt‘s Washington Depot is inspired by an elegant, historic New England village that feels as though time has stopped. Friendly and warm, neat as a pin and picture-perfect, every street and garden view evokes a nostalgic sweetness of unspoiled beauty and simple pleasures, along with a sense of uninterrupted time in which to enjoy them. A world away from the constant demands of our virtually-connected world, Washington Depot invites us to slow down and be present for the task at hand, whether it’s sharing coffee and gossip with a friend, a leisurely walk and errand run through town, or simply enjoying a book and quiet time at the library. Versatile, small and medium-scale geometrics, and florals with a decidedly current color sensibility are just right for any project you have in mind – in particular a modern scrap quilt, a back-to-school wardrobe, or that perfect vintage-style dress. Arriving in August, just in time for fall sewing projects!
The collection has 23 prints with 10 coordinating Modern Solids. For some a 33 fat quarter bundle can be intimating or harder to justify, we also have smaller colourway bundle available with 11 fat quarters. (Linoleum contains 1 less print than Teal or Wild Rose)
Personally I have a hard time sticking to a pattern, but I love being inspired! This was made with Denyse’s Modern Solids. I think it would work up nicely with this collection…
Coming Soon (Shipping in September)
TULA PINK!!! Spirit Animal!
In our order, there are 5 prints in 2 different colourways for a total 10! They are currently posted on the website. Just keep in mind they will only be available in September. Expecting them to sell quickly, place your orders sooner than later to assure you get the prints you want!
Once upon a time there was an undiscovered island that spent thousands of years evolving beyond the burdensome limitations of reality. Imagination was both currency and religion in this place. You could be anything that you wished as long as you had the daring to imagine it so. The animals didn’t know that they were supposed to be brown so they dressed themselves in shades of purple, orange, pink and green. Every being was the ruler of their own reality and existed solely within the make believe of their own minds, because they could dream it, it would become real here. One day a princess of her own reality, dressed in her typical attire of feathers and beads, having spent the morning in the usual way, cuddling with grizzly bears and lounging on rocks with otters came to lie in a field of wildflowers. Yearning for conversation but too comfortable to seek it out she began to speak aloud to no one in particular. As she paused to collect her thoughts, the field that she lay in spoke back. The wild flowers that cocooned her had imagined themselves as her friends and the magic of the island had made it so. The wild flowers told her of a place where she could mine for stone to make the jewelry and elaborate trinkets that she so loved to dress herself in. This stone contained the essence of the island and was where new inhabitants were developed and honed over years, crafted from the very thing that made everything here so special. There have been rumors and questionable sightings of this place going all the way back through the centuries. Once, an explorer even claimed to have captured some of this magical stone from the island itself but as he sailed away from the island the stone began to lose it’s color, the sparkle that was once so blinding began to fade and by the time he landed on the shores of his own home it had turned into nothing more than a plain gray rock. No one believed this traveler as he had no proof to speak of and his wild stories of vibrant color and self-aware foliage was chalked up to too many months on the open sea. His tales became the stuff of fiction, going the way of mermaids and dragons but he knew in his heart what he had seen and that he would never, ever forget it.
So many new fabrics! So many ideas! So many projects! So little time!
Hope you enjoy our curated selection!